Latin America

Latin America
Saturday, September 26th 2009 - 06:45 UTC

US Congress report argues Zelaya’s ousting was “legal and constitutional”

Lula da Silva denies support for Zelaya’s political activities at the Brazilian embassy

A report from the US Library of Congress legal branch released this week concluded that the ousting of elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was “legal and constitutional”.

Saturday, September 26th 2009 - 06:42 UTC

Itaipú agreement remains stalled; Lula da Silva blames Congress

Dilma Rousseff said Brazil “yielded too much” in the July agreement

The coming electoral year makes it difficult for the Brazilian congress to approve in the short term the agreement reached with Paraguay referred to the surplus energy from the world’s largest operational hydroelectric dam Itaipú, signed last July by presidents Lula da Silva and Fernando Lugo.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 23:42 UTC

Argentina, Chile and Uruguay lead broadband use in South America

In Chile 31% of homes have broadband connections

A recent survey by the Cisco Latin America Broadband Barometer showed that Chile has the highest percentage of broadband Internet connections in South America. The study found that 9.7% of Chile’s population has access to broadband.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 10:53 UTC

Ecuador ready to purchase combat aircrafts from South Africa

The Cheetah and Kfir are modified versions of Mirage fighters

Ecuador is considering the purchase of 12 Atlas Cheetah C fighter bombers from South Africa, according to Defence minister Javier Ponce in an interview with Quito’s newspaper El Universal.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 10:49 UTC

Zelaya’s activities in embassy triggers controversy in Brazil

What is it Mr. Amorim: asylum or refuge?

The activity displayed by ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa has triggered controversy in Brazil’s political establishment and uncertainty about diplomatic jargon such as the extent of the “refuge” condition.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 00:58 UTC

MIT poverty investigation centre opens in Chile

One of the projects is providing affordable housing

The Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) will open its new Latinamerican headquarters in Chile next Monday, Sept. 28. J-PAL is an organization that investigates poverty and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Economics.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 00:19 UTC

Social Democracy Is Working In Brazil, Chile and Uruguay

Jorge Lanzaro is Professor at the Institute of Political Science at Universidad de la República in Uruguay

Amongst the different leftist governments in Latin America, there are new and rather strident populist regimes (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador), which seem to grab all the attention.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 11:45 UTC

Chile’s fresh fruit exports hit by weak international markets

Fedefruta president Echeverrría called for a diversification of markets

Weak international markets led to a 6% drop in the value of Chile’s fresh fruit exports this past 2008/2009 season, reported Fedefruta President Rodrigo Echeverría this week in Santiago.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 11:22 UTC

Building Falklands/South America relationship playing rugby

Bautista Segonds and Fernando Vela of Rugby Without Borders

A proposed visit by a team of rugby players to the Falkland Islands, scheduled to arrive for a week long visit on December 12, has caused controversy in the Islands, reports the Penguin News.

Thursday, September 24th 2009 - 11:17 UTC

OAS and EU agree on massive diplomatic effort to solve Honduras crisis

OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and Spain’s Foreign Affairs minister Miguel Angel Moratinos

The Organization of American States, OAS, and the European Union agreed Wednesday to send their ambassadors in Honduras back to Tegucigalpa, the city which they left following the June coup that deposed constitutional president Manuel Zelaya.

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